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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:52 PM   #321
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The pickup is mostly a statussymbol. Thai people rather go to work in a shiny big pickup, but themselves in huge debts, ánd get stuck in traffic for hours, then taking the public transport. Even if the latter is far more faster. They want to show to their collegues that their wealthy. Only poor people take public transport (in the eyes of a Thai).
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:59 PM   #322
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BTW: The expressways of Bangkok are amazing, but I feel sorry for the people who lived in a nice neighborhood and are now facing a 5 storey high road at 4 meters from their window.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #323
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Old July 27th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #324
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Tollway stock issue delayed to 2012

Published: 26/07/2011 at 12:00 AM

Don Muang Tollway Plc's plan to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand will be delayed until 2012 from later this year due to the change of government.

Korawut Chiwaprecha, DMT's chief financial officer, cited as the reason for the delay that the listing requires a final decision from the Finance Ministry, which holds 25% of the tollway operator, in terms of how much its ownership will be diluted.

The delay has nothing to do with the Crown Prince's Boeing 737, which was impounded at Munich airport on July 12 in a long-running dispute between Thailand and German firm Walter Bau AG over the Don Muang Tollway.

The ministry may participate in DMT's capital increase as part of the company's initial public offering plan proposed by its financial advisers, said Mr Korawut.

The ministry earlier sought the cabinet's approval regarding DMT, but the plan failed to be endorsed before the Democrat-led government dissolved the parliament in May and called for a general election earlier this month.

Pheu Thai is expected to take office next month, and the share offering will take place six months after that, he said.

He added the company urgently needs to raise funds.

Financial advisers led by Phatra Securities and UBS Securities are finalising the company's listing and the filing to the SET will be done shortly after its shareholders approve the plan.

The Phanichewa family owns 37% of the company, with 29.45% held by AIF (Asian Infrastructure Fund) Toll Roads Holding (Thailand), which comprises Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, Malaysia's CIMB Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

The Phanichewa family has said it has no plans to dilute the ownership, Mr Korawut said.

This year, DMT expects its revenue to grow 14% from 2010 to 1.7 billion baht, with net profit also rising by double digits to about 500 million baht. Toll traffic has increased in line with expectations to 65,000 vehicles per day, from about 50,000 last year.

Thanks to the increase of registered new cars and economic growth, tollway traffic has beaten the company's earlier forecast of 55,000 vehicles for 2011.

DMT said earlier this year it aims to extend the current 21-kilometre toll road from Din Daeng to the National Memorial Monument. A study has been carried out for a 10km section to Thammasat University's Rangsit campus and another 10km to Bang Pa-in in Ayutthaya.

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Old August 4th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #325
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Dept wants to build five motorways

The Nation Published on August 5, 2011

The Highways Department will propose to the new government the construction of five motorways at a cost of Bt180 billion.

The department's director-general Veera Ruengsooksriwong said yesterday that the new inter-provincial motorways would cover a distance of 700 kilometres.

Initially the target completion date was 2017, but given the heavy investment required, that target has been adjusted to 2021.

According to a study by the department, the investment could be made through three options: public-private partnerships (PPPs), the department's existing fund financed by tolls on Route 7 from Bangkok to Chon Buri and the Eastern Outer Ring Road, or a new infrastructure fund.

Veera said the first of the planned five new motorways would run from Bang Pa-in to Nakhon Ratchasima via Saraburi, which should be funded on a PPP basis at a cost of Bt60 billion.

The department has studied the pros and cons of the plan before submitting it for the Transport Ministry's consideration and then Cabinet approval. If the project is given the nod, it can be used as the investment model for other routes.

The Bang Pa-in-Ratchasima route is the one most ready for investment in terms of the details of the construction plan, land expropriation, and the environmental impact study.

Veera said that according to the department's preliminary study regarding investment on the first route, the government had three options, investing either 20, 30 or 40 per cent of the cost of construction and land expropriation. The most feasible option is the second one, and granting a 45-year concession to the private operator.

The four other proposed routes are Chon Buri-Pattaya-Map Ta Phut; Bang Yai-Nakhon Pathom-Kanchanaburi; Nakhon Pathom-Samut Songkhram-Cha-am; and Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Sawan.

In 1997, the Cabinet approved the department's 20-year master plan to construct 13 inter-provincial highways totalling 4,150 kilometres and with nationwide coverage. However, only two routes were constructed - Bangkok-Chon Buri and the Outer Ring Road.

The department held a public hearing on the inter-provincial highways yesterday and the findings will be used to adjust the project's master plan and development plan.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011...-30162009.html
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Old August 24th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #326
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Old August 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #327
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Beautiful. The traffic looks horrible though
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Old September 5th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #328
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Old September 6th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #329
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #330
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Old September 14th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #331
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The pickup is mostly a statussymbol. Thai people rather go to work in a shiny big pickup, but themselves in huge debts, ánd get stuck in traffic for hours, then taking the public transport. Even if the latter is far more faster. They want to show to their collegues that their wealthy. Only poor people take public transport (in the eyes of a Thai).

I would rather use the public trasportation, if they could be cleaner, less people (coz, it usually overcrouded), leave and arrive on time, have higher standard of safety and there are more extended routes. And I believe most of thai people think like I do.

BTW, I think there's nothing wrong with using one's own car. I used to live in europe and everyone was using car too, but there just are more choices of public transportation.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 02:29 AM   #332
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Old September 19th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #333
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:45 PM   #334
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280km Bangkok ring road planned

Published: 21/09/2011 at 12:00 AM

The Transport Ministry is setting up plans for a multi-billion-baht third ring road for Bangkok and surrounding provinces, which will feature a canal in lieu of a traffic island to alleviate flooding.

Transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom yesterday unveiled the six-lane, 280-kilometre-long ring road project that will cost an estimated 150 billion baht.

It will pass through Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan and Bangkok.

The ministry will require 100 billion baht for land expropriation and road construction and 50 billion baht to build the canal, measuring about 200 metres wide and five to eight metres deep, Mr Supoj said.

The canal will absorb excess water from the Chao Phraya and Tha Chin rivers during heavy rain to alleviate flooding in provinces around Bangkok.

Mr Supoj said if the 150-billion-baht cost was considered too high, he could order the agency to cut unnecessary parts of the project to reduce the price tag. He cited a planned elevated section about 60 kilometres long south of Bangkok that might be unnecessary. Excluding that elevated portion could reduce the cost by about 6 billion baht.

The Transport Ministry will propose a detailed version of the project to the government in two months.

Mr Supoj also ordered the Highways Department to adjust its inter-city motorway projects to improve their contribution to logistics and water management.

He referred to five inter-city motorway projects with a combined distance of 707 kilometres and a combined cost of about 150 billion baht.

They will stretch from Bang Pa-in via Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima, from Bang Yai via Nakhon Pathom to Kanchanaburi, from Pattaya to Map Ta Phut, from Nakhon Pathom via Samut Songkhram to Cha-am, and from Bang Pa-in to Nakhon Sawan.

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Old September 24th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #336
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Motorists park their vehicles on a freeway where they thought safer from floods in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday Oct. 17, 2011.

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Vehicles at a Honda car factory are seen by floodwaters in the Rojana industrial district in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

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An official for an expressway checks for the level of floodwaters on a closed-down part of the highway on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #339
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Almost all of expressway in Thailand is concentrate in Bangkok metropolitan.
why dont they connect Mea Sai - Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Hat Yai - Padang Besar (T) with Motorway (tolled)? this can be develop not only Bangkok.... correct me if i am wrong
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Thailand expressway network is considered separated from the thai motorway- and highway network.
Expressways in Thailand are usually elevated high-capacity controlled-access highways and are to be find in Greater Bangkok and nearby provinces. ex. you can take the elevated expressway all the way to Ayutthaya City.

Highway = over 70,000 km
Motorway = 145 km (to be expanden to 4154.7 km according to the master plan)
Expressway = 198.4 km

Here's a map of the expressways.



The constituent expressway systems are (in order of completion):

First Stage Expressway System (officially known as Chalerm Maha Nakhon Expressway)
Second Stage Expressway System (Si Rat Expressway)
Ramindra – At Narong Expressway (Chalong Rat Expressway)
Bang Na Expressway (Burapha Withi Expressway)
Bang Pa-in – Pak Kret Expressway (Udon Ratthaya Expressway)
Third Stage Expressway System, S1 section
Bang Phli – Suk Sawat Expressway
Ramindra – Outer Ring Road Expressway
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